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    Hello, just added some more very rare...

    Hello, just added some more very rare Confrontation minis: Le Bourreau, Isabeau the Secret, Griffin Minelayer, and Tanath.

    Also added some OOP metal Games Workshop Sisters of Battle, Seraphim, and...
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    Looks like most everyone who wants these live in...

    Looks like most everyone who wants these live in Europe/Australia. Shipping worldwide is ridiculously expensive, but I've updated my shipping costs on ebay. I'll probably lose $10-$30 per shipment...
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    The first bunch of auctions ends in 16 hours....

    The first bunch of auctions ends in 16 hours. Just thought I'd let everyone know.

    Cheers,
    jim
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    Just added a bunch of limited editions. ...

    Just added a bunch of limited editions.

    Cheers,
    jim
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    BTW, if anyone purchases $150 or more in...

    BTW, if anyone purchases $150 or more in miniatures, I'll throw in a free Confrontation mini. You can pick the clan you are interested in, and I'll do my best to give you a few options.

    Cheers,...
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    I set up Ebay to "calculate" shipping based on...

    I set up Ebay to "calculate" shipping based on location. I can do a separate calculation for you. How many items boxes and blisters are you interested in?
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    Selling Confrontation Minis on Ebay

    Hi Everyone,

    As I've transitioned to painting primarily large scale pieces, I've decided to start unloading a bunch of my gaming miniatures.

    Over the next few weeks to months, I'll be putting a...
  8. Given that I live in the Pacific Northwest,...

    Given that I live in the Pacific Northwest, there's an obvious combination (to me anyway) ... salmon (not from a farm) and a lovely Oregon pinot noir ... not everyone would immediately gravitate to a...
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    I have been using their Painter's Touch Primer...

    I have been using their Painter's Touch Primer (white) for some time and really like it; however to your point, the last can I used seemed to have issues ... it seemed thinner and had less "grip"...
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    No doubt ... it's really hard ... takes a lot of...

    No doubt ... it's really hard ... takes a lot of practice and patience. Now, if you want to see something that'll blow your mind, check out this:
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    Very cool stuff ... just remember to always work...

    Very cool stuff ... just remember to always work light to dark ... the paper is your white so you have to plan stuff out and be super careful or use some masking fluid to keep portions of the paper...
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    I hope I speak for the over-40 crowd who saw Star...

    I hope I speak for the over-40 crowd who saw Star Wars when it first came out ... I can't imagine the mouse could do anything much worse to the franchise than Lucas did w/ the most recent set of...
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    I did a bunch of stuff like that for my last D&D...

    I did a bunch of stuff like that for my last D&D game ... yeah, right!! :)

    jim
  14. You have to enjoy the process ... for me, when I...

    You have to enjoy the process ... for me, when I walk into my painting room, it's a release from all the other pressures in my life. Don't let painting become another one of those things you dread or...
  15. I just downloaded the issue and there is a LOT of...

    I just downloaded the issue and there is a LOT of good stuff in there ... I would highly recommend folks take a look.

    jim
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    I've never had any problems with the cmon shop....

    I've never had any problems with the cmon shop. Refunds, replacement parts for something broken ... they've always been awesome.

    jim
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    Could someone take a look at the top last 7 days?...

    Could someone take a look at the top last 7 days? It appears something has gone very wrong ... several pieces seem to have received an unbelievable number of 10 votes.
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    Sticky: I use a Canon 7D w/ a Canon 100 mm macro lens and...

    I use a Canon 7D w/ a Canon 100 mm macro lens and a Manfrotto 055MF3 tripod w/ a 322RC2 "joystick" ball head ... the 322RC2 definitely makes it very easy to compose shots because it's so easy to...
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    Thanks for taking the time to post all of these...

    Thanks for taking the time to post all of these wonderful pics ... too bad I'm thousands of miles away in what seems to be a painting desert with no shows (much less w/ quality workmanship like that)...
  20. I agree w/ what freak said completely ... you've...

    I agree w/ what freak said completely ... you've really got to "pump up the volume" on contrast for minis to pop ... if you think about it, you've got all these tiny little edges that somehow have to...
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    missing pictures?

    I've noticed that several of my pictures that were uploaded to cmon (not web links) have disappeared ... anyone else notice this?

    jim
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    Thanks for the link ... never heard of aerogels...

    Thanks for the link ... never heard of aerogels before ... very cool stuff.

    jim
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    I guess my simple answer would be, "How can you...

    I guess my simple answer would be, "How can you not?"

    I understand that this is not a photography forum, and many would consider photography a necessary evil to display their minis, but the photo...
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    I've never used an airbrush, but I would think...

    I've never used an airbrush, but I would think using one for a gaming scale miniature would be incredibly difficult and if someone could, props to them for figuring it out. I don't think there is a...
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    If you want to build any sort of scale structure,...

    If you want to build any sort of scale structure, I highly recommend using the molds from Hirst Arts: http://www.hirstarts.com/projects.html
    I have been using them for more than 10 years ... the...
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    Article: LOTR Diorama

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?1047-lotr-diorama&
  27. Article: New Wave Mounted Miniature Painting Contest

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?2149-new-wave-mounted-miniature-painting-contest
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    I have to agree with victoria ... I uploaded the...

    I have to agree with victoria ... I uploaded the pictures as per instructions ... but did not send any email or PM ... just followed the links and uploaded the pics. Is this the correct process?
    ...
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    You seem to have the "painting inside the lines"...

    You seem to have the "painting inside the lines" down pretty well after just a couple of minis ... so congrats on that!! And, as you've no doubt noticed, paint straight from the bottle is thick and...
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    This is how I apply the bulk of the paint on all...

    This is how I apply the bulk of the paint on all of my pieces ... I do use the traditional dark to light highlighting occasionally, but probably 75-90+% of the paint I put on my models, I put on...
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    I would have to agree w/ Sir Wulf about your...

    I would have to agree w/ Sir Wulf about your fallen warrior ... there is no sense of distress ... if he is truly fallen, then there needs to be something to let us know that he has not just fallen...
  32. I use Vallejo Model Colour and Vallejo Game...

    I use Vallejo Model Colour and Vallejo Game Colour paints pretty exclusively and have always used a dropper bottle filled w/ water and Future mixed at a 1:3 - 1:4 ratio as my mixture for diluting...
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    Yes, moderators have to approve the pics first...

    Yes, moderators have to approve the pics first and it seems that things are a little slow the past day or so ... I'm guessing it has to do w/ all the work to get ready for accepting pics for the next...
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    That would be awesome. jim

    That would be awesome.
    jim
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    Well, I'll take the bait on this one ... your...

    Well, I'll take the bait on this one ... your last statement (well the one before just curious) sorta sums up my feelings on the whole thing ... the universe is just TOO INCOMPREHENSIBLY BIG a place...
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    I certainly agree that ones style is a function...

    I certainly agree that ones style is a function of ones eye and ones perfected techniques ... that may sound a bit formal, but I'm basically trying to say that when we paint, we have a sense of what...
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    congratulations! sounds like a pretty sweet...

    congratulations! sounds like a pretty sweet set-up!! All I'd have to do is jettison the wife and kids .... hmmm?!?!?! :)

    jim
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    I've finally been busy this year ... making up...

    I've finally been busy this year ... making up for the "WOW years."

    Eight large scale garage kits:
    Dark Elf Queen #1 - http://www.coolminiornot.com/248293
    Dark Elf Queen #2 -...
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    Generally, a 6ft tall figure is the "standard"...

    Generally, a 6ft tall figure is the "standard" size ... 6ft = 72 inches. So, a miniature that is 1 inch tall would be 1/72 scale. So, roughly a 3 inch (~75 mm) figure would be 1/24 scale.

    jim
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    Wow!! Really cool stuff there. The weathering...

    Wow!! Really cool stuff there. The weathering work is quite stunning and the pictures w/ the starfield look phenomenal. Thanks for starting this thread with your wonderful work.

    jim
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    Glyn, WOW killed my painting for a couple...

    Glyn,

    WOW killed my painting for a couple years ... I finally said, I like producing real stuff a lot more than virtual stuff and gave up WoW ... I got in better shape ... dropped like 50 lbs and...
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    I've found that painting something for a friend...

    I've found that painting something for a friend is always a good motivator ... and I don't mean something that feels onerous like, "could you paint my army for me?" but try to do a cool display piece...
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    I have not tried them ... I've been meaning to...

    I have not tried them ... I've been meaning to ... thanks for the reminder. I should make sure I pick some up the next time I re-stock.

    jim
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    I like the Vallejo paints as well ... they are...

    I like the Vallejo paints as well ... they are incredibly smooth. As far as thinning the paint, I use "magic mixture" a combination of tap water and Future floor finish at a 4:1 ratio. The Future...
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    I kinda like to go the opposite route ... pick an...

    I kinda like to go the opposite route ... pick an interesting color that you have elsewhere in the mini that you'd like to accentuate ... base the "black areas" in that color mixed sorta 60/40...
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    I paint a lot of large scale resin models (even...

    I paint a lot of large scale resin models (even some that are pre-painted statues that I strip). I use Super Clean ... it's an engine degreaser that you can find in many hardware stores in the US. It...
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    Yeah, I can only re-iterate what\'s already been...

    Yeah, I can only re-iterate what\'s already been said. Lovely sculpts ... lots of beautiful movement in them. Assembly sucks ... if you don\'t own putty and have moderate skills with it, you should...
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    I thought some of it had an Apocalypse Now feel...

    I thought some of it had an Apocalypse Now feel to it ... when they first entered Kurtz\' camp. Obviously, the gore was beyond anything in Kurtz\' camp, (and of course all the more hellish stuff),...
  49. Chaos Lord on Daemonic Mount (painted) on Ebay

    I painted this for a friend who was thinking about playing Chaos but decided to go High Elves instead. I don\'t have any use for it. So, I figured, I\'d throw it up on Ebay and see if someone else...
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    Ilyad Games Minis on Ebay

    Hi. I just added a few Ilyad Games minis to my ebay store:

    http://stores.shop.ebay.com/If-You-Play_Ilyad-Games_W0QQ_fsubZ610771011QQ_sidZ36259931QQ_trksidZp4634Q2ec0Q2em322

    Champion Chevalier...
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    Well, I finally summoned the courage to add...

    Well, I finally summoned the courage to add Resident Evil: Extinction to the list ... mostly \'cause ... well ... uh ... Milla ... something about a zombie-mutilating action heroine in a trench coat...
  52. Just added some more rare and OOP minis... ...

    Just added some more rare and OOP minis...

    Games Day 2003 Space Wolf Priest...
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    That is ebay calling the blister for...

    That is ebay calling the blister for international priority mail a regular (instead of a small) flat rate package that is 41.95 ... I don\'t know how to make it not do that.

    If you do...
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    Thanks for noting my auctions ... somehow I did...

    Thanks for noting my auctions ... somehow I did not upload my Artemis auction ... duh. I\'m putting 3 Artemis up right now.
    ...
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    Inquisitor minis in my ebay store

    I finally added all of my Inquisitor miniatures to my ebay store ... if you are interested follow the link:
    ...
  56. Lots of Warhammer and 40k stuff on ebay

    I just put up my first batch of Warhammer and 40k stuff ... some new ... some old ... some are quite RARE and all are New in Box / Blister and at very good prices.

    If you want to check it out,...
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    some very rare Ral Partha dragons have been added...

    some very rare Ral Partha dragons have been added ...

    The Great Red Dragon
    Takhisis Queen of Darkness
    ...
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    [/i] It\'s really simple mathematics and I...

    [/i]

    It\'s really simple mathematics and I don\'t think has anything to do w/ snipers being faster than lovers ...

    If you mini is averaging an 8 w/ 20 votes and somebody comes along and gives...
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    I am still sifting through my stash and have some...

    I am still sifting through my stash and have some more Ral Partha stuff to go through ... I believe I have some of the Planescape boxed sets ... what Planescape stuff are you interested in?

    jim
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    I\'ve opened up a store on Ebay to start moving...

    I\'ve opened up a store on Ebay to start moving this stuff. If you are interested you can go to the link below to see the auctions I have up so far.
    ...
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    I\'ve opened up a store on Ebay to start moving...

    I\'ve opened up a store on Ebay to start moving this stuff. If you are interested you can go to the link below to see the auctions I have up so far.
    ...
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    Grenadier Colossal Lords For Sale

    I always thought I\'d paint these up as gifts for gaming friends, but alas I never got around to it ... some really excellent old school large scale pieces.

    You\'ll need to pay for shipping as...
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    Inquisitor Blow-out!

    Not sure if folks are interested in these or not ... I certainly have more than I\'ll ever paint ... I have multiples of a few (if you\'d like more than one just ask).

    You\'ll need to pay for...
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    Ral Partha Box Sets and Dragons For Sale

    Hey All,

    I\'m clearing out some space in the garage and have a ton of old minis that I\'m going to be letting go. I tried to find ebay prices for as many as I could and then slashed those prices...
  65. Honestly, I don\'t have the patience to wait 48...

    Honestly, I don\'t have the patience to wait 48 hrs for something to dry, but if you do that would certainly open up some new opportunities for blending ... I\'m guessing comparable to oils.
  66. an airbrush is certainly the choice of most for...

    an airbrush is certainly the choice of most for large scale kits; however, now you have the issue of needing to mask the stuff you don\'t want the airbrush to hit which is its own little bit of pain;...
  67. What I think you\'ve found is that large scale...

    What I think you\'ve found is that large scale pieces require some different techniques than small pieces. There are much larger expanses of smooth terrain and fewer \"detail dams\" to stop the...
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    I think you need to be self-aware and ask...

    I think you need to be self-aware and ask yourself, \"why do I paint?\" Do I paint for the joy of painting? Do I paint to have others tell me, wow that\'s cool?

    After you answer that question,...
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    there is definitely an art vs. artisan argument...

    there is definitely an art vs. artisan argument to be made ... carpenters, blacksmiths, jewelers ... do/can they create a piece of art? I think they can ... however I think most of the practitioners...
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    You both selected cool scenes that I have watched...

    You both selected cool scenes that I have watched over and over ...

    Apocalypse Now is definitely a top 5 all-time movie of mine ... but my favorite film scene is the dawn of man sequence from...
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    Also, about the pose, I believe that I heard that...

    Also, about the pose, I believe that I heard that he was stepping/stomping on a cross that was removed in an attempt to get the piece \"qualified.\" I could be totally wrong ... could just be...
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    If you watch Yahoo Japan and get a Japanese agent...

    If you watch Yahoo Japan and get a Japanese agent to purchase items for you, you can get originals of this and many other anime kits that are not distributed outside of Japan (other than by...
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    You should also check out the clubhouse ......

    You should also check out the clubhouse ... easily the largest collection of kit builders, producers and fanatics that I have found.

    http://theclubhouse1.net/forums/index.php

    jim
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    You can definitely paint large scale figures w/ a...

    You can definitely paint large scale figures w/ a brush ... I do it all the time ... I actually have that figure primed on my workbench right now. The advice Diablofollower gave is spot on ... large...
  75. Thread: GD LA 2009

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    Too bad about no LA ... I was really hoping to...

    Too bad about no LA ... I was really hoping to drive down this year ... visit a friend and hit Gamesday ... oh well, guess I\'ve got another year to practice. :)

    jim
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    what does the wax on the drill bit do? sorry,...

    what does the wax on the drill bit do? sorry, i\'m a noob :)

    jim
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    The only issue w/ dental plasters is that they...

    The only issue w/ dental plasters is that they are REALLY hard ... to the point where sanding, chipping, etc can be almost impossible. I\'ve never used them personally, but the feedback from other...
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    plaster of paris is pretty weak ... I have spent...

    plaster of paris is pretty weak ... I have spent many years using molds from Hirst Arts as well as casting rocks to use for bases and the plaster I prefer is called Vatican Art Stone. It has a...
  79. I\'ve just recently picked up the brushes again...

    I\'ve just recently picked up the brushes again and am looking for some commission work. You can check out my gallery here or at my web-site. I don\'t have a ton of small scale stuff on my site as...
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    I understand what you are saying completely. I...

    I understand what you are saying completely. I too find myself frustrated by efforts that aren\'t \"sufficient.\" My way of dealing with it is to have a number of ways the hobby can make me happy ......
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    1). Find a job - my last company ran out of money...

    1). Find a job - my last company ran out of money a month ago ... being unemployed does have a few virtues, but $$ would be nice.

    2a). Keep painting - need to keep removing the rust

    2b). Keep...
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    thanks for the kind words all .... you will be...

    thanks for the kind words all .... you will be seeing more of me ... I definitely have figmentia once again!

    This piece is from Japan ... here\'s the link to the site:
    ...
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    My first post in 3 years ...

    Well, after quite a hiatus, I\'ve picked up my brushes again. It was a great deal of fun to be painting again. I hope you all like AIKA ...

    http://www.coolminiornot.com/209341

    She was such a...
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    I don\'t know ... I just sent an email to Tracy...

    I don\'t know ... I just sent an email to Tracy to let her know / find out.

    jim
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    Ariel\'s Champion

    I just finished up my contribution to Works of Heart. It\'s a small vignette entitled Ariel\'s Champion featuring the old school Ariel and the new Mtd Wood Elf Lord. I will be putting it on ebay when...
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    Here\'s a quick list of best movies ... ...

    Here\'s a quick list of best movies ...

    Chariots of Fire
    Being There
    Apocalypse Now
    2001
    LOTR Trilogy


    Here\'s a quick list of just fun ...
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    count me in

    Tracy,

    I\'m seriously busy right now, but count me in ... I\'ll make time to get something done for such a good cause.

    jim
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    Dead Can Dance

    Dead Can Dance
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    In the grand scheme of things, the earth doesn\'t...

    In the grand scheme of things, the earth doesn\'t even matter ... so, I don\'t think we should use the grand scheme as our metric for what matters and what doesn\'t or it\'s all pretty pointless.
    ...
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    There are a lot of skills to develop, but once...

    There are a lot of skills to develop, but once you have them, it\'s time to develop your own style and I think that is a lot of what \"it\" is.

    \"It\" doesn\'t have to be what will win you...
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    and, not again

    and, not again
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    Before I actually apply paint to the...

    Before I actually apply paint to the \"messed-up\" area, I always re-prime it. Given that my style is so much based on the white shining through the thin coats of paint, if I didn\'t re-prime, it\'d...
  93. She\'s very close to 14\" tall ... roughly 1/6...

    She\'s very close to 14\" tall ... roughly 1/6 scale but I don\'t believe it was ever specified in a scale.

    They are very hard to come by ... I had been looking for several years and found one at...
  94. @frenchkid ... about the tears, I very carefully...

    @frenchkid ... about the tears, I very carefully painted some Liquitex high-gloss varnish on the lower lid of her eye. Obviously, that was a bit easier w/ a large figure, but I think the technique is...
  95. Thanks to everyone for the kind words ... @...

    Thanks to everyone for the kind words ...

    @ NSA ... ROTFLMAO

    jim
  96. Silene Relief (from Volks Orient Hero Series)

    Another large kit for me (I\'m really enjoying painting the big stuff).

    This has been on my \"grail\" list from the moment I saw it and I was lucky enough to find one a few weeks ago ... well,...
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    Awesome ... welcome back Glyn. jim

    Awesome ... welcome back Glyn.

    jim
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    Thanks Chris ... well, I\'ve just posted another...

    Thanks Chris ... well, I\'ve just posted another ... although she\'s mostly clothed. I hope she works until something more Nakked comes along :)

    http://www.coolminiornot.com/88325...
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    I grew up in the midwest ... destassling corn,...

    I grew up in the midwest ... destassling corn, walking beans, and baling hay ... all part of fun in the sun when you work on a farm.

    I\'ll let someone else see if they can answer your question...
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    I have a bachelors and masters in electrical and...

    I have a bachelors and masters in electrical and computer engineering which means that I used to design chips ... but after you do that long enough you get to manage people who design chips and I\'m...
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    Well, I signed up for the convention today ......

    Well, I signed up for the convention today ... won\'t be playing, but plan to have plenty of new figs painted up!!

    And, I heard a rumor about midnight painting ...

    jim
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    Two quick things ... 1). If I\'ve never worked...

    Two quick things ...

    1). If I\'ve never worked w/ the customer before, I require 1/2 up front.

    2). If I\'m to buy the miniature, I require payment for the fig up front.

    These requirements...
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    My \"no-art degree\" opinion about Jackson...

    My \"no-art degree\" opinion about Jackson Pollock\'s work ... it\'s not the \"what\", but the \"how.\" Seeing his work is like seeing into his heart and soul and the ectasy (for lack of a better...
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    Just about anything by Turner and especially from...

    Just about anything by Turner and especially from his time in Venice ... I have a very cool reproduction of this one in my living room:
    ...
  105. Avelorn - thanks for the feedback ... I agree...

    Avelorn - thanks for the feedback ... I agree that a couple places I got lazy w/ the lining and should\'ve cleaned them up a bit and appreciate the feedback on the color choices to use for the...
  106. thanks

    Thanks to everyone for their kind words ... it\'s nice to know that there are some out there who can appreciate the less vibrant color schemes and that there are few who like 13th warrior too ... I...
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    He definitely has that \"daylight\" ringwraith...

    He definitely has that \"daylight\" ringwraith look about him ... I\'ll have to give that some thought ... thanks for the tips. And, about the airholes, I was thinking brush-on primer as the way to...
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    NSA - looks great ... I have this mini primed...

    NSA - looks great ... I have this mini primed right now and have been thinking about it ... the \"stock\"paint job is so awesome, picking colors is causing me some grief. Hey, BTW, how \"clean\" was...
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    Really nice skin color and the runes are quite...

    Really nice skin color and the runes are quite cool on the cape.
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    I will ditto some things others have said ......

    I will ditto some things others have said ... first the areas that could use some improvement ...

    I too do not like the dark line on the sword ... I think since that\'s the high point and that it...
  111. thanks ... I struggled w/ the size of the tree...

    thanks ... I struggled w/ the size of the tree but then went w/ the bigger of two I was thinking about to suggest that the graveyard had been around a long time ... maybe too much subtlety, but that...
  112. On to Valhalla ... Dark Sword Parkinson Valkyrie vignette

    I\'d been wanting to paint this mini ever since I saw the green but have been a bit negligent in finishing it. Finally, she is complete.

    I was really pleased how the Woodland Scenics snow worked...
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    painting at midnight sounds cool and a great way...

    painting at midnight sounds cool and a great way to meet all the CMON personalities in the Seattle area ... I tried that w/ GameStorm and Portland but didn\'t get much CMON turnout.

    BTW, has Inge...
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    Very cool of you to do this and thanks for the...

    Very cool of you to do this and thanks for the info ... answered all the questions I had.

    Oh, and about bases ... I don\'t think you have to worry about me finishing a base ... plenty of times,...
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    Oh, BTW any scale and/or size constraints? Or any...

    Oh, BTW any scale and/or size constraints? Or any other rules about the entries?

    thanks,
    jim
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    Very cool ... I\'ve been hoping that some...

    Very cool ... I\'ve been hoping that some contests might pop up in the Northwest ... Portland is only a few hours away ... I\'ll definitely be there!!

    jim
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    earthy ... browns and grays are my favorite...

    earthy ... browns and grays are my favorite colors ... i also like painting skintones a great deal. Bright colors are my bane.

    My favorites color schemes are:
    1). faded crimson (almost pink),...
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    I did both undergrad and grad school at U of...

    I did both undergrad and grad school at U of Illinois. Go I-L-L-I-N-I!!!!!

    First time we\'ve been #1 in 16 years ... Saturday night was just about as depressing and then as exciting a sporting...
  119. It\'s not that the lining isn\'t there ... it\'s...

    It\'s not that the lining isn\'t there ... it\'s just a little too subtle to make the elements as distinct as they could be. Speaking from experience, this is an area that I have received much...
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    The reds on the robe have come out very nice...

    The reds on the robe have come out very nice indeed!! The area that I would work on a bit is the metallics ... they seem to be put on a little thick ... you can see some grain. Have you tried...
  121. First, the freehand on the cape is excellent and...

    First, the freehand on the cape is excellent and as everyone has said, you clearly have the skills to paint top notch miniatures. I would also agree that the separation between elements is not as...
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    Thanks to everyone for the kind words ... NSA...

    Thanks to everyone for the kind words ...

    NSA - no problem ... I understand Jason\'s (and your) position and respect that. It\'s very difficult to compare figures w/ such differing sizes ... how...
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    Ahhh ... what I\'d give to actually have some...

    Ahhh ... what I\'d give to actually have some artistic talent ... another awesome piece Eric ... a great idea and yet more awesome freehand from your brushes!!!

    jim
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    Another CCV entry

    Well, I can\'t let Eric and Becca have all the fun!!! Sorry for the dual posting, but w/ such a large figure, I wanted to try and show a few different angles and close-ups.
    ...
  125. Some of my favs are: \"orchestral\" / stuff...

    Some of my favs are:

    \"orchestral\" / stuff that\'s not rock - Dead Can Dance / Lisa Gerard, In the Nursery, Peter Gabriels Passion

    alternative / gothic - Sisters of Mercy, Fields of the...
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    Is it there yet?!? Is it there yet?!?! I\'ve been...

    Is it there yet?!? Is it there yet?!?! I\'ve been checking on a far too regular basis. ;)

    I\'m quite anxious to see all the results and comments as well. It was nice to see all the names ... that...
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    I took the family to see Robots last night (fun...

    I took the family to see Robots last night (fun flick BTW) and they were showing the trailer ... my initial reaction was WOW!! that\'s cool, I wonder if Lucas finaly got some professional writing...
  128. So do I ... then I could watch YOU paint!! ;) ...

    So do I ... then I could watch YOU paint!! ;)

    jim
  129. The con runs from the 25th-27th and entry for the...

    The con runs from the 25th-27th and entry for the 3 days is $30.

    jim
  130. Painting demonstration in Portland, OR @ Gamestorm VII

    Hey, any of you CMONers who live in the Portland, OR area, I\'ll be doing a painting demonstration at Gamestorm VII

    http://www.gamestorm.org/default.aspx

    on Saturday, March 26th from 10-6. I\'m...
  131. I had to strip a resin model myself this weekend...

    I had to strip a resin model myself this weekend and used Simple Green (another pine cleaner). Works great ... a toothbrush helps a lot (as FF said earlier).

    jim
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    I certainly prefer to paint the grittier style,...

    I certainly prefer to paint the grittier style, but still love to look at the super-clean. So, I\'m glad there are artists willing to do both.

    jim
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    using plaster for large water

    You can also pour plaster and while it\'s setting up, use your favorite sculpting tool (mine is the back of a spoon) to create waves. I did this for my Ford of Bruinen diorama and while some may not...
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    fountains & spouts

    A cool way to do fountains and spouts is to drill a small hole into the \"base\" water and very carefully glue a few pieces of nylon fishing line into the base ... these can be curved a bit to give...
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    resin & foil method

    I have never tried this method, but in one of the \"bibles\" ... the Shep Paine Dioramas book, he mentions pouring resin in several layers ... the first to get the depth of the water and a 2nd more...
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    Faye, I have clearly been away from the site...

    Faye,

    I have clearly been away from the site for too long to have missed this ... my thoughts are with you and if it were possible to find someone like you\'ve described he\'d surely be lucky to...
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    Here I am w/ my kids after we\'d just built a...

    Here I am w/ my kids after we\'d just built a rather substantial sand castle. It\'s about a year old ... now that I\'ve got my cool digital SLR camera, nobody takes a picture of me.

    jim

    ...
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    There are some minis of theirs that are quite...

    There are some minis of theirs that are quite cool ... the new Celestine as an example, but they are a much more rare occurrence than from rackham or reaper.

    But, if you\'re going to try and sell...
  139. Replies
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    I agree that the Rackham minis are more fragile...

    I agree that the Rackham minis are more fragile and on the thin pieces, one has to be very careful. The scariest thing is when you get something in a blister that\'s seriously bent (like the hilt of...
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    A login can vote more than once but there needs...

    A login can vote more than once but there needs to be a sizeable number of votes from others to allow it to happen. I believe the IP address is also checked.

    But, if someone had a bunch of...
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    I would agree that the manorhouse stuff is the...

    I would agree that the manorhouse stuff is the best stuff I\'ve seen. I entered a painting contest in Italy (via snail mail) and one of the guys who runs Manor House liked my entry well enough that...
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    I\'d have to disagree pretty big-time here ......

    I\'d have to disagree pretty big-time here ... being a rather large advocate of the Hirst Arts stuff.

    I hate to presume anything about someone else\'s argument, but I\'m guessing that you find HA...
  143. Thread: Wash ratios

    by sivousplay
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    I actually use a dropper bottle filled w/ \"magic...

    I actually use a dropper bottle filled w/ \"magic mixture.\" I dispense the paint onto my pallet. I dispense the mixture drop by drop into my paint based on the thickness I want. I then mix it w/ an...
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    It does look like the majority of real horns are...

    It does look like the majority of real horns are the other way ... from a painting perspective, I think the \"false\" way make it stand out a bit more. With the tip being bright, it looks...
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    I am sorry too ...

    Sorry for not following proper thread etiquette ... although I\'m not one for puns, but every time I tried to think of something about cows or horns I\'m reminded of a South Park (Cow Days) ...
    ...
  146. Thread: Woodgrains

    by sivousplay
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    I will made a slight addition to what Paolo...

    I will made a slight addition to what Paolo suggests ... I like to go back-n-forth a few times using a light flesh to add some light veritical stripes and the dark dark brown for dark vertical...
  147. Replies
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    Here\'s a minotaur I did about a year and a half...

    Here\'s a minotaur I did about a year and a half ago ... sorry the pic doesn\'t show the horns really well, but I think the top pic shows enough:

    http://www.coolminiornot.com/17990

    My basic...
  148. Thread: Wash ratios

    by sivousplay
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    So many paints come out of the bottle at...

    So many paints come out of the bottle at different thicknesses that I don\'t think you should think so much in ratios.

    Think transparent.

    If the paint looks thin enough to be transparent,...
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    I believe that this is about as close to a...

    I believe that this is about as close to a religious war in painting as you can get.

    white. :)

    jim
  150. You can have your cake and eat it too

    When you get a little older, you\'ll find out that being successful ain\'t all it\'s cracked up to be. I have been a vp at several high-tech companies and there\'s a lot of pressure and a lot of...
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    Well, every \"great\" entertainer needs a...

    Well, every \"great\" entertainer needs a catch-phrase that identifies them. I think you\'ve hit the nail on the head here.

    jim
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    I always paint the eyes/face/flesh first ......

    I always paint the eyes/face/flesh first ... it\'s always best to paint inside-out to avoid the risk of needing to paint \"through\" an area that\'s already complete. Also, by doing the face first,...
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    This is a complicated one ... if you want it to be that way

    Not the GW part ... companies do what companies do ... they have one purpose ... to continue to exist ... with that in mind, their actions are usually quite predictable.

    About the other stuff, I...
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    ok ... for some reason i stated thinking of quentin (r-rated ... could it be otherwise w/ QT?)

    \"Why do I have to be Mr. Pink?\"

    and

    \"Let\'s not start sucking each others\' d*cks just yet.\"

    jim
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    \"There are two kinds of people in this world,...

    \"There are two kinds of people in this world, those with guns, and those who dig ... you dig.\"

    jim
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    well, this is a fun thread ... so, i\'ll add...

    well, this is a fun thread ... so, i\'ll add another that i use as many times as i can while gaming (my party members are quite sad if i don\'t use a certain number of bill murray lines every...
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    Nice ... although I prefer a line just a little...

    Nice ... although I prefer a line just a little bit after that ...

    \"We need to get Rusty a girl ...\"
    \"Uh, there\'s a women\'s prison just up the road.\"

    jim
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    These aren\'t necessarily favorites, but they...

    These aren\'t necessarily favorites, but they seem to come up almost everytime we game ...

    \"Do we have anything resembling a plan?\"
    \"Ride \'til we find them, kill them all!\"

    and,

    \"Get...
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    You can never pick terrain for a base that will...

    You can never pick terrain for a base that will fit all situations. So, I go for cool first, size of base to reflect size/reach second.

    And, I don\'t play w/ any rules lawyers ... so, common sense...
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    If you do your best ...

    That\'s the artist in you speaking, not the businessman.

    There is a noticeably smaller market for competition quality figs then there is for high-end gaming figs. So, you\'ll take longer to paint...
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    I use all sorts of things, but if you want to...

    I use all sorts of things, but if you want to have a cool looking base that\'s 1x1, you could check out the Hirst Arts site ... www.hirstarts.com ... the floor tiles from a number of the molds are...
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    To throw a little math into Eric\'s example ......

    To throw a little math into Eric\'s example ... if you can A). paint 3 minis in a day that you can sell for $60 per or you can B). paint 1 mini in a day that you can sell for $150, and you\'re doing...
  163. Replies
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    In a word, Yes. To analyze the insanity takes...

    In a word, Yes.

    To analyze the insanity takes a few more words ... I too buy on the WOW! factor.

    Also, after having to use ebay to find a bunch of old RP dragons that I really should\'ve...
  164. Replies
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    A question you need to answer is what is the...

    A question you need to answer is what is the focus of the diorama? If you\'re trying to tell a story, then the colors for all of the elements should hopefully, help draw the eye to the main elements....
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    I feel similarly ... painting minis is my release...

    I feel similarly ... painting minis is my release from the real world. When I\'m painting it\'s for a gaming world or a diorama ... in each case I\'m trying to create the elements of a story and am...
  166. I don\'t know how large the bust is, but when I...

    I don\'t know how large the bust is, but when I painted the large resin model from JJ Models (Criora ... she\'s almost 15\" tall to the tip of her weapon), I used standard acrylic paints (including...
  167. I have to agree w/ raginggaijin about the game...

    I have to agree w/ raginggaijin about the game colour metallics ... they thin wonderfully. I\'ve been using mithril silver a lot and then tinting it with a number of non-metallic colors to get the...
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    To get above a 7, I think you need to be very...

    To get above a 7, I think you need to be very clean and start to do some things that make your minis stand out from the pack a bit ... whether that be some freehand, a cool base, etc.

    To get above...
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    I will say that I was disappointed in the...

    I will say that I was disappointed in the \"anti-fiannas.\" Those figs along w/ a few other rackham disappointments (all interestingly enough, figs that didn\'t have pictures on the cards, but only...
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    @vincegamer ... i agree w /you about the...

    @vincegamer ... i agree w /you about the archangels ... great name, great figs. my favorite celtos/void females by far.

    jim
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    with a little more background thought

    I think that azael and sasia (old version) are quite cool as well.

    jim
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    Well, I guess I\'m in the minority here ... I...

    Well, I guess I\'m in the minority here ... I like the Rackham females. I think that the \"main\" valkyrie, mira, the fianna musician, and the red lioness are all quite cool. I think the red lioness...
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    I\'m basing this on some observed behavior and...

    I\'m basing this on some observed behavior and not on any known facts about the algorithm, but I believe to be possible or I wouldn\'t be posting it.

    It could be that a certain IP address or...
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    A typical job takes 6-8 hrs depending on the...

    A typical job takes 6-8 hrs depending on the complexity of the fig. If it\'s larger scale say a wolfen, other 54mm+ figs, or mtd, maybe 10 hours, and if it\'s a LARGE scale piece, 20-40 hrs isn\'t...
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    it\'s based on your top 5 minis with greater than...

    it\'s based on your top 5 minis with greater than 50 votes and to the best of my knowledge is calculated every night.

    jim
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    Another engineer

    I\'m VP Engineering for a startup that ... well I can\'t say it in public right now. But, I\'m a VLSI design engineer by trade and have designed or lead teams that design supercomputers,...
  177. I would agree with jeff ... I don\'t sell too...

    I would agree with jeff ... I don\'t sell too much stuff on ebay, but I have noticed that the featured auctions get a lot of traffic. If you\'re only going to sell GW stuff, it may not be as...
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    thanks for the correction ... glad to know that...

    thanks for the correction ... glad to know that it was little Phil.

    jim
  179. You could say the same thing about too many...

    You could say the same thing about too many colors on the mini. In the end, it\'s all about composition. If you compose the base and the figure well, then both a minimalist or maximalist approach can...
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    I use vallejo (both game & model) almost...

    I use vallejo (both game & model) almost exclusively. I have a few old RP colors that I\'ve always loved and still use. I use Reaper Inks, but agree that they screw on lids (as opposed to the dropper...
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    Thanks for the \"links.\" I checked out both...

    Thanks for the \"links.\" I checked out both places and I\'ll stand by my WOW statement. They are nice minis, but if you aren\'t into historical gaming, they seem quite dull by comparison to what...
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    A fairly quick way to do this is to mix your two...

    A fairly quick way to do this is to mix your two \"end colors\" white & blue in 50/50 proportions and put this down as a base coat. When that is completley dry, mix up thinner versions of both colors...
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    having lived in Dallas for 5 1/2 years, the...

    having lived in Dallas for 5 1/2 years, the city/state etc. was enough to keep me from going back ... having an ex there hardly seems to compare to the influence of the natural beauty of the area. ;)...
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    wow ... Well, having painted mostly fantasy...

    wow ...

    Well, having painted mostly fantasy my entire painting career and only recently jumping into larger scale pieces (fantasy) and from there to larger scale historical, I will definitley say...
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    I definitely prefer faded, washed-out, worn,...

    I definitely prefer faded, washed-out, worn, travelled whatever word you call it colors on my minis. The miniatures I paint are warriors, adventurers, etc. ... they are battle-tested and battle-worn....
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    I\'ve only been to one GD ... LA last year. There...

    I\'ve only been to one GD ... LA last year. There are a lot of good pieces throughout the field especially in the single fig categories. Off the top of my head, here are a couple CMON IDs to pieces...
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    If you\'re going for fun, continue that theme...

    If you\'re going for fun, continue that theme with what (and how) you choose to paint it. Don\'t worry about whether the judges like NMM or metallics. Find some figures that you really will enjoy...
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    Ok ... that\'s enough

    I\'m not really the moderator anymore, but Peter isn\'t around. So, I\'ll say it for him.

    Please don\'t use the forums (or the comments) for any kind of attack. The WARNING atop the forums page...
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    Been there for sure ... I agree with everyone...

    Been there for sure ...

    I agree with everyone else ... if it\'s for yourself, you can:
    1). still enjoy the mini with the current flaw and now have learned a lesson about watching for these...
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    I agree with the sentiment of the others here ......

    I agree with the sentiment of the others here ... clearly this mini is not a 4, but as others have said it could use a little work. you did a great job on the eyes!

    On a related topic ......
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    my flaming sword

    This sword is 1\" in real life and is almost 6\" as I measure it here in the picture. It was done using a combination of wet blending and very thin layering. I was very pleased with how it turned out...
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    Morathi is a dark elf on dark pegasus ... the...

    Morathi is a dark elf on dark pegasus ... the wings are leathery and should be the right size for you.

    021205808
    Dark Pegasus Left Wing

    hope this helps,
    jim
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    thanks for posting this ... i look forward to...

    thanks for posting this ... i look forward to seeing them when they are completed.

    jim
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    thanks for the kind words Mark ... and you\'re...

    thanks for the kind words Mark ... and you\'re right that spending too much time analyzing scores is not particularly worthwhile, but leaving a comment on every mini is not practical either...
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    and constructive does not have to be...

    and constructive does not have to be mean-spirited or even point out flaws ... if you point out the good areas of a 5-ish mini, you\'ve given the painter something to be proud of and sort of by...
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    silence

    silence
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    cool ... look forward to seeing them. thanks,...

    cool ... look forward to seeing them.

    thanks,
    jim
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    Ok ... been sitting here patiently going to your...

    Ok ... been sitting here patiently going to your site every day ... WHERE ARE THEY?!?!?! ;)

    jim
  199. Thread: Sabbatical

    by sivousplay
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    started and not finished

    Yep, I got boxes of these ... typically, a group of new minis become available ... I buy a handful of new stuff and get them all cleaned, primed and ready to paint. Takes a while to get through them...
  200. Thread: Sabbatical

    by sivousplay
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    Dedicated Painting Space

    A dedicated painting space makes a HUGE difference! Now whenever you have the urge to paint, you don\'t have to overcome the energy barrier required to get stuff out ... set stuff up ... and then put...
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